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Our most recommended Hamburg Sailing trips & boat tours

From Hamburg or Cuxhaven: Catamaran Day Trip to Heligoland

1. From Hamburg or Cuxhaven: Catamaran Day Trip to Heligoland

Take an exciting day trip from to Heligoland, Germany's only island not in the vicinity of the mainland. Over 40 miles off the coast, the island is known for its spectacular red cliffs, upon which sit the white sands of sprawling dunes, surrounded by unspoiled nature. The boat departs from Hamburg early, with the ride lasting approximately 3.5 hours. Zip down the Elbe river to Cuxhaven and out onto the North Sea on a sleek, ultra-modern catamaran, passing the port of Cuxhaven. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, gazing out across the vast waters from the open-air deck, or from the comfortable cabin. Modern flat screens all over the ship will teach you fun facts about the Elbe, Northern Germany, and the North Sea during the cruise. Arriving on Heligoland, wander the stunning island for approximately 4 hours. Gaze out over the dunes and onto the north sea, before doing some shopping — all tax free because of the island’s duty-free laws. Soak in the idyllic charm of the area, before hopping back on to the comfortable boat for your trip back to Hamburg.

Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

2. Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

The crew will welcome you aboard the sailing ship for your private cruise on the Alster River in Hamburg. Under the guidance of your experienced skipper you’ll enjoy, explore, and experience Hamburg from the water. Experience a fantastic sailing trip with a unique maritime flair in the heart of Hamburg. The skipper can customize the tour to suit your interests. You can decide how much time you want to allot to water sports, entertainment, and information. Discover a pirate treasure at the top of a church tower, a bridge named after a U.S. president, the White House in Hamburg, a seamen’s church far away from the harbor, and a mosque far away from the Islamic world. This and much more awaits you on the tour!

Hamburg: Alster River Cruise on a 2-Masted Sailboat

3. Hamburg: Alster River Cruise on a 2-Masted Sailboat

What an experience! You will sail together with other fellow sailors for around 1.5 hours on the Hamburg Outer Alster. Enjoy the great view of the Alster fountain, Hamburger Michel, Elbphilharmonie, Hotel Atlantic, American Consulate, TV tower and other sights. After a brief introduction to the boat and cutter sailing, you and the cutter captain set off from the jetty. Under supervision, you can actively operate the sheets and sails and, if you like, steer the course at the tiller. Or you simply enjoy the magnificent Hamburg panorama from the water. Come on board and enjoy the great freedom! No sailing skills required!

Hamburg: Alster River Sailboat Cruise with Sundowner

4. Hamburg: Alster River Sailboat Cruise with Sundowner

Experience this evening cruise in front of a dreamlike Alster backdrop. You will sail together with a cutter captain and other cutter and sunset lovers for an hour on the Outer Alster. You can enjoy the fantastic Hamburg panorama from the water with a cool drink (beer, prosecco, softs) on board our Alster cutter "Große Freiheit". Perhaps the most relaxed introduction to sailing. Enjoy yourself! No sailing skills are required!

Hamburg Discovery: Bus Tour with Harbor & Alster Lake Cruise

5. Hamburg Discovery: Bus Tour with Harbor & Alster Lake Cruise

If you want to see where the heart of Hamburg beats, you have to take to the water. That's why the Alster and harbor tours are integral components of the sightseeing tour. Allow yourself to be whisked off into the secrets of the maritime world by a humorous 'harbor expert' on board the barge, and enjoy the sight of the magnificent villas and Hanseatic way of life during your Alster tour.

Hamburg: Yachtsegeln auf der Alster

6. Hamburg: Yachtsegeln auf der Alster

Experience the beauty of Hamburg from the water. Set the sails with us and enjoy the Alster in the centre of Hamburg. You will be guided by our Skipper Catherina, an experienced sailing instructor and competitive sailor. Our priotity is to meet your expectations and wishes, whether you would like to spot sightseeing attractions with a drink in your hand or get active and discover your passion for sailing.

Hamburg: Private Harbor Tour by Boat

7. Hamburg: Private Harbor Tour by Boat

Come onboard and see the many different and beautiful sights of the city of Hamburg on a private harbor cruise. The itinerary of the tour is flexible, depending on the tides and daily events. Marvel at Speicherstadt, the historic warehouse complex with its fleets, and see the modern Harbor City. Admire the numerous bridges over the Elbe river, the bustling locks and container terminals. You will see the Köhlbrand Bridge and much more. Learn about the city, its history, the incoming and outgoing seagoing ships and everything else you might be interested in. Sit back and enjoy the view of the city from the water on one of the sun decks or in one of the air-conditioned salons with large panoramic windows.

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What people are saying about Hamburg

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 115 reviews

It was just perfect! It was my birthday, there were 5 of us (with a heavily pregnant woman on board). The ride was comfortable and everything went very well, even much better than I imagined ))) first of all thanks to the captain of our sailing boat - Mr. Lutz ;) He is very nice and just professional in his job! 100%! (I don't know any other guides but I think he's the best!) Thank you! PS great birthday gift or just a great idea to have a good time with friends!

a great experience, you can find out everything about the special buildings on the banks of the Alster, celebrities living there, former film sets (007) in the most relaxed position - sitting in the sailing boat. With such a great ocean-experienced skipper as Volker much much more. You should not miss this experience, recommend Tillmann and family

We did the bus, harbor and Alster tour at the beginning of our stay in Hamburg, because the tours showed us the most beautiful and interesting corners and destinations and we saw practically everything in one go and could visit again later. Was really a great experience.

Super Möglichkeit, diese schöne Stadt auch bei nicht so guten Wetter zu besichtigen. Mir hat richtig gut gefallen, dass der Busfahrer lustige Anekdoten erzählt hat! Weiter so!

we thought the sound was far too loud in the Hop Bussen, we couldn't concentrate on the Danish could turn down the German sound